Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #31: East Portal

East Portal’s debut album keeps finding its way into the back of my mind. John Atkinson and Patrick Taylor continually make surprising, unexpected choices as the record veers between discordant ledges and drifting valleys, combining the two disparate threads with elegance. Electronic silhouettes morph into the shadows of spiraling acoustic arrangements; pensive dreams become stagnant realities. It’s a beautiful record that continues to reveal itself through deeper … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #31: East Portal

Video Premiere: East Portal “Untitled #3”

East Portal is the duo of John Atkinson and Patrick Taylor and on their self-titled debut, electro-acoustic explorations become angular playgrounds of washed-out neon where reflections are memories, and memories last forever. “Untitled #3” is an inquisitive lamentation built primarily on bass, clarinet, and pedal steel. For this project, Taylor played most of the instruments while Atkinson manipulated and processed those sounds digitally. The organic … Continue reading Video Premiere: East Portal “Untitled #3”